England fined £35,000 for poppies during match against Scotland


England have been fined £35,308 by Fifa for wearing poppies in their match against Scotland.

The FA let players show the mark of respect in the World Cup qualifier clash on November 11.

The Scottish and Welsh FA have also been fined £15,692 while the Irish FA were fined £11,769 for similar offences.

England were fined almost £8,000 more than Croatia were for fans’ racist behaviour in 2013.

Chile were also hit with a fine of around £12,000 less for “homophobic chants by the team’s fans” in May of this year.

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Fans lashed out at the decision on social media.

Michael Kerry White said England should “refuse to pay, leave Fifa and watch everyone else follow”.

Andy Johnston posted: “Don’t pay the fine. Go to Court of Arbitration. Show those idiots at Fifa for what they are.”

Twitter user Mark Smith said simply: “It’s a disgrace.”

While Steve Brockway said: “Sod Fifa, and use the money for spine inserts for them.”

The chairman of the Fifa disciplinary committee Claudio Sulser said: “With these decisions, it is not our intention to judge or question specific commemorations as we fully respect the significance of such moments in the respective countries, each one of them with its own history and background.

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“However, keeping in mind that the rules need to be applied in a neutral and fair manner across Fifa’s 211 member associations, the display, among others, of any political or religious symbol is strictly prohibited.

“In the stadium and on the pitch, there is only room for sport, nothing else.”

Fifa confirmed England were fined for “several incidents” in the match against Scotland, including “several cases of spectator misconduct”.

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Scotland were fined for the same “political symbol” and “cases of misconduct committed by its own group of spectators”.

It was for the same political display against Serbia and Azerbaijan that Wales and Northern Ireland respectively were fined.

The Republic of Ireland broke Fifa rules by having the political symbol on their shirts in a friendly against Switzerland.

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